These names are the savior of their respective teams every time things gets tough and an inspiration to the young brigade of the team. With the VIVO IPL 2018 being just around the corner, fans are eagerly waiting for the tournament to kick-off. Indian Premier League 2018 is scheduled to start in Mumbai on April 7 as the Hitman Rohit Sharma’s MI supposedly host MS Dhoni’s CSK. We get to see some really amazing purchases being made by various franchises spending big bucks on the international players as well as the domestic and now every franchise has their full squads ready to raid the battlefield.
Each IPL franchise has a good exciting blend of experience along with youth, a mixture of international stars, Indian stars and brilliant domestic performers and the young blood will be relying on the experienced for the strong base for them to get an extra bit of edge and shine superior. Down below, we try to find who could be the most impactful player for each IPL franchise.
Strongest Players in Royal Challengers Bangalore
If you’re guessing Virat Kohli, then you are probably right. Because there is no finer cricketer in the modern day cricket than Virat Kohli himself. The presence of the Indian Captain and RCB captain has proven to be a game-changer at so many different occasions.
Virat has been going through a purple patch the last couple of years and he has done it again with his brilliant performances and total domination of India’s South-Africa tour. He was also the highest run scorer In both Tests and ODI series scoring 286 runs with an average of 47.33 and 558 runs with an amazing average of 186 in the ODI series.
He failed to make an impact in the two T20s games against South Africa but overall his performance is brilliant. He is a top-batsman, a keen player, and a brilliant captain. RCB will be looking forward to Virat to lead them to the victory.
Strongest Players in Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders are filled with amazing T20 performers such as Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, and many others. But I think the impact player for the KKR squad would be the West Indian Andre Russel. We believe not everyone would put Russel on the list but given Russel’s previous All-rounder performances in the IPL and the fact that he will be eager to make a comeback after his one year ban, he surely strikes as a player who could carry KKR’s squad to the tournament title.
So far, his amazing All-round capabilities has come in pretty handy for the KKR. He is a matchwinner and hence was retained by the franchise without giving any second thought. And without Gambhir this year, KKR cannot afford slip-ups and Russell with his T20 skills is their main asset.
His recent form in the West Indies List A competition has been consistent with the bat and playing for Jamaica he made scores of 108*, 51* and 76 and he was pretty decent in the bowling department, judging by that his performance could determine KKR’s fate in the tournament.
Strongest Players in Kings XI Punjab
Aaron Finch is the man for Kings XI Punjab. Aaron Finch is an extraordinary T20 player and his addition to the Kings XI Squad would just strengthen their batting order and hence it is a deal done well. Australia’s Aaron Finch also became the first player ever in the IPL history to play for seven different franchises after Kings XI Punjab bought Finch’s services for a whopping Rs 6.2cr after a tense bidding war in the IPL auctions.
Finch has done justice with every opportunity he got in the IPL so far. In 2013 he scored 456 runs in 14 matches he played for Pune Warriors and despite team’s weak performance that year he was one of the most decent players in the tournament. In 2016, he scored 393 runs in 13 matches at an average of 39.30 including 5 half-centuries for Gujarat Lions helping his team to the IPL standings at the end of the group stages.
In 2017, he could not live up to his standards scoring only 300 runs in 13 matches. Now he is in the Kings XI squad and would be a key along with the explosive batting line-up such as KL Rahul, Yuvraj Singh, and David Miller and would be a decisive player to take Kings to the tournament title.
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Strongest Players in Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings is making a comeback after a 2 years long banishment and along with CSK making a comeback is Mr. IPL himself, Suresh Raina and he will be the impact player for the Chennai squad this season as well.
This team is filled with the most sort after stars like MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Watson but Raina will be the impact player because of his consistency. He has been a consistent performer in all 10 editions of the IPL so far.
Raina has shown Time and again why he is called Mr. IPL and has played brilliant knocks leading his team to victory and with his call-up to the Indian team, Raina will surely be entering IPL with a positive mindset and could perform better than he ever has before. Let’s just hope we get to see more of Raina’s enchanting batting performances.
For some fans, it is a dream come true to see Raina play alongside Dhoni in yellow jersey once again. Raina himself will be looking to make a huge impact and take his side to the ultimate glory. His recent form in the domestic cricket is fire and he scored 314 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. In the International Cricket, he is doing great as well, in the third and final T20 against South Africa, he even won the Player of the Match Award.
Strongest Players in Delhi Daredevils
Colin Munro the Kiwi Batsman who is ranked as the number 1 T20 batsman in the world in the ICC rankings is the best buy and could be the game changer for the Delhi Daredevils. Colin Munro is the player with the highest impact on Delhi side.
He can destroy any team with any bowling department on any given day. He helped Kiwis ripping two-time world champions West Indies in which he contributed more than 200 runs in only 3 T20 games. He is a match winner. Plus he can act as an extra bowler too because of his talents with the ball. His all-rounder skills can come in handy in the death overs.
The Kiwi star is very innovative with his hitting skills, he can hit the ball almost all around the ground. Colin Munro is in top form right now. Since 2017, he has played 12 T20 games and has scored 497 runs in them. With IPL just around the corner, Munro will provide Delhi with just the push needed to finally win the title that they have failed to in the previous occasions.
Strongest Players in Rajasthan Royals
This one is easy. For Rajasthan, the player with the most impact has to be the English Player Ben Stokes? Ben Stokes became the most expensive overseas player in 2017 and also the player of the tournament for a reason. Plain and Simple, because he made an impact and deserves what he got.
He has been missing the action and was absent from the international cricket for a period of five months but he is good and back in action. On the second match after his return, he managed to pick up a Man of the match award.
He is an outstanding all-rounder, a bowler’s nightmare and a puzzle for batsmen. He dominated the entire season of the IPL 2017, scoring 316 runs and picking 12 wickets grabbing himself a Player of the tournament award. Who could be the more impactful player for Rajasthan if not Stokes?
There is no stopping the Rajasthan Royals from snatching the title from Mumbai if he continued with his brilliant performances.
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Strongest Players in Mumbai Indians
The defending champions Mumbai Indians will be looking to defend the title and with players such as Rohit Sharma, Keiron Pollard, and Jasprit Bumrah there is a huge chance they might just be able to.
And Jasprit Bumrah would be the impact player for the Mumbai squad, not Rohit Sharma, Hitman Rohit Sharma may be among the batsmen with the best batting figures but Bumrah strikes when it counts the most, he is widely regarded as the best death bowler in World Cricket and will be the key to the defense.
Coming off a grueling season of international cricket, where he has recently played in all three formats, Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness will be seriously tested. Jasprit Bumrah was also in incredible form in India’s tour of South Africa even if the statistics show otherwise.
The fast bowler from Gujarat managed to pick 20 wickets in the 10th edition of the IPL and will be looking to carry on his brilliant bowling performances this year as well and leading his side to the title once again.
Strongest Players in Sunrisers Hyderabad
For Sunrisers Hyderabad their own skipper and the Australian Vice-captain David Warner will be the highest impact player in the upcoming IPL 2018. Warner is literally a monster and can destroy bowling attacks with this phenomenal batting performances.
He has dominated the last three seasons of IPL and has won the orange cap twice. His recent performances with the bat are not very great by any means, although in the absence of the regular captain Steven Smith, he managed to led Australian squad admirably well to victory in the Trans-Tasman T20 Tri-series.
Before IPL2018, Warner has a chance to regain his lost form in the Australian tour of South Africa. He managed to lead his team to win the IPL title in the 2016 edition of the IPL and he is set to do it again. Based on the past performances by Hyderabad skipper, he is all set to light up the upcoming season of the IPL 2018.